Showdown Rye IPA (Great Divide)

A major drawback to the Rye IPAs that we have reviewed in the past has been that they do not provide enough of the rye element to make for something that is significantly different from other IPAs that are on the market. Great Divide is able to create a nuanced and intricate effort in their Showdown that is able to corral two distinct flavors – the grainier rye side and a strong hop presence – into something that is fulfilling from beginning to end. The surprising thing about Showdown is that there is little in the way of an initial nose – one can easily discern a sort of hop oiliness and the aforementioned grain elements when really focusing in. Continue reading “Showdown Rye IPA (Great Divide)”